TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction)
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Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD) is a common condition affecting many people. The temporomandibular joint is the connection between the lower jaw and the skull. TMD symptoms consist of severe headaches, jaw pain, joint noises, and facial muscle pain. It may be associated with grinding/clenching of the teeth. The symptoms of TMJ are debilitating and can greatly interfere with every day life. The vast majority of TMD sufferers are unaware that the cause of these problems is something that can be effectively treated.
Reasons for treating TMD
TMD sufferers report that their symptoms generally worsen during periods of prolonged or unexpected stress, and that intense outbreaks of the condition can lead to neck pain, functional problems, and dizziness. Treating TMD often involves a combination of treatments and take time to be effective.
Grinding/clenching of teeth is particularly common and usually occurs at night. The grinding will eventually erode the structure of the teeth and lead to much more severe dental problems in the future.
If the symptoms of TMD are not addressed, it could lead to long term TMJ pain and dysfunction, which becomes increasingly difficult to treat.
If you are experiencing any symptoms of TMD, we encourage you to contact our office today to schedule an appointment.